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Safeguarding Officer

Wootton Academy TrustBedford

Hours: 37 hours per week, term-time only (including 5 training days) plus 5 additional days as directed by the Deputy Head of School, Designated Safeguarding Lead

The Trust is seeking to appoint an additional Safeguarding Officer to its established Safeguarding Team to be the first point of contact for any member of staff who has a concern about the safety and/or well-being of a learner, and for any learners who self-refer.

We are looking for someone who is kind and compassionate but has a relentless determination to ensure that children are kept safe. You will have experience of working with children and the safeguarding requirements of schools. You must have experience of working with vulnerable families and an excellent understanding of how outside agencies can assist in the safeguarding of children. 

Working as a part of the Safeguarding Team you will manage the pupil caseloads for our vulnerable families, attend meetings, respond to disclosures and liaise with external agencies. You will be responsible for the day-to-day work with families, children and outside agencies, sometimes needing to have difficult conversations with parents/carers who do not understand why there is a concern or, in extreme cases, communicate with parents/carers who are trying to cover up ill-treatment of their child. Your approach must be child-centred.

The ideal candidate will be enthusiastic, calm, caring, professional with good attention to detail. You will need to be resilient, empathetic, supportive and motivated. Full training will be given, but experience of working within Safeguarding of children is essential. This is a key role within our Trust, and the successful candidate will join a highly motivated, autonomous team intent on achieving the best outcomes for vulnerable children. 

Closing Date: 09:00 on Monday 27th September 2021.  We reserve the right to close this vacancy early if we receive an application from an outstanding candidate.

Applicants must complete the Trust’s application form - we cannot accept CVs.  An Application Form and recruitment information can be downloaded from our website www.woottonupper.co.uk or requested by email from recruitment@wootton.beds.sch.uk.

Please return the completed Application Form either by email to recruitment@wootton.beds.sch.uk or by post to the HR Department, Wootton Academy Trust, Hall End Road, Wootton, Bedfordshire, MK43 9HT.

Wootton Academy Trust is committed to safeguarding the welfare of children and young people, and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.  Applicants will be required to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Wootton Academy Trust supports Equal Opportunities Employment.

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